Photographing Two Herring Seagulls
The antics of herring seagulls squabbling over a dead bluegill make for an easy and fun photography shoot. 😎
In the summer, herring seagulls gather everywhere in and around Lake Michigan. These seabirds seem to thrive around humans and consequently, are easy to photograph. One of the few species of birds that will approach me on the beach, gulls are inquisitive, bold, opportunistic and highly social with each other. They come in many different sizes, shapes and colors. As they are adept at flying, hovering, walking and swimming, they do not confine themselves to the water. Most are migratory, although it is not uncommon to see them in Michigan in the winter.
Gull ID is not difficult, even when viewing flocks of them on the beach. See this link for strategies on how best to ID gulls.
Sequence of Photos Showing Seagulls Eating a Bluegill
I found these two herring seagulls squabbling over a dead bluegill on a local boat launch. The pale yellow eyes and thick orange, hooked bills (with a spot of red at its tip) make these birds appear quite comical. Add to that the pink legs and web feet holding up a rather large and barrel chested body and you wonder how they look so elegant when in flight.
These photos tell a story. In the beginning (during the peaceful time), eyes and blood rich gills were shared equally between the dining gulls. It didn’t take long before the sharing was abandoned and raucous squabbling and tugging over the bluegill meal ensued.
All Good Things Must End
This sequence of events took about five minutes. Eventually, one of the gulls grabbed the remains of the carcass and flew off with it, leaving the other gull on the boat dock wondering what happened.
A friend suggested that the seagull tug of war photo would be perfect for a Valentine’s Day card next year. I think she’s right.